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Wild Day In California Legislature

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / File

It was a busy day at the state Capitol Friday, as California lawmakers froze many bills, advanced others, and even saw Gov. Jerry Brown sign a key measure into law.

Senate and Assembly committees advanced and sidelined hundreds of bills in mere seconds without any debate or explanation.

Some of the key measures that stalled would have:


  • made some police records in potential misconduct cases available to the public
  • required some employers to set worker schedules a week in advance
  • encouraged Californians on welfare to finish school by providing extra money for achieving high school or college degrees
  • created health standards for models
  • forced a public vote on the Delta Tunnels project
  • reimbursed counties for the costs of special elections for state legislative seats

Meanwhile, Governor Brown signed an urgency bill that lawmakers rushed him earlier in the day to lift the ban on organ donations from HIV-positive donors to HIV-positive recipients.

Ben Adler

Capitol Bureau Chief

Capitol Bureau Chief Ben Adler first became a public radio listener in the car on his way to preschool – though not necessarily by choice. Now, he leads Capital Public Radio’s state Capitol coverage, which airs on NPR stations across California.  Read Full Bio